Psalm 74:14
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New International Version
It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.

King James Bible
Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Darby Bible Translation
*Thou* didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert.

World English Bible
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces. You gave him as food to people and desert creatures.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast broken the heads of leviathan, Thou makest him food, For the people of the dry places.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The heads of leviathan - Leviathan might be intended here as a personification of the Egypttan government; and its heads, Pharaoh and his chief captains.

To the people inhabiting the wilderness - Probably meaning the birds and beasts of prey. These were the people of the wilderness, which fed on the dead bodies of the Egyptians, which the tides had cast ashore. The Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Arabic read, "Thou hast given him for meat to the Ethiopians," or Abyssinians.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 104:25,26 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts...

Job 3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

Job 41:1 Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which you let down?

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent...

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,


Psalm 72:9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

Exodus 12:35,36 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold...

Exodus 14:30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea shore.

Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not you against the LORD, neither fear you the people of the land; for they are bread for us...

The Meaning
Of the Red Dragon with Seven Heads fighting with Michael about the new-born Child. The first vision of the little book, of which we treated in the eleventh chapter, ran through the whole Apocalyptical course, from the beginning to the end, and that, as we elsewhere observed, to point out its connexion with the seals and trumpets. Now to that vision the remaining prophecies of the same interval, and of the affairs of the Church are to be accommodated, in order to complete the system of the little
Joseph Mede—A Key to the Apocalypse

The Wisdom of God
The next attribute is God's wisdom, which is one of the brightest beams of the Godhead. He is wise in heart.' Job 9:9. The heart is the seat of wisdom. Cor in Hebraeo sumitur pro judicio. Pineda. Among the Hebrews, the heart is put for wisdom.' Let men of understanding tell me:' Job 34:44: in the Hebrew, Let men of heart tell me.' God is wise in heart, that is, he is most wise. God only is wise; he solely and wholly possesses all wisdom; therefore he is called, the only wise God.' I Tim 1:17. All
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Job 41:1
"Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope?

Psalm 72:9
May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust.

Psalm 104:26
There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

Isaiah 27:1
In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword-- his fierce, great and powerful sword-- Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.

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